[Filmfestivalresearch] seeking processionals who are prepared to review an international awards charity corruption report investigation

Dina Iordanova dina.iordanova at st-andrews.ac.uk
Wed Mar 23 10:13:39 CET 2016

This is a very interesting note that signals something that has been long
muted -- the shaky financial reporting and the lack of transparency
related to the film festival world.
Many festivals are regarded as money laundering operations (I cannot say
if they are, of course) or as vehicles for channelling funds in general.
Even some of the biggest players are not immune. It would make for a
fascinating topic for research -- if access were to be given (which is
normally not the case).

Dina Iordanova FRSA
Professor of Global Cinema and Creative Cultures
Director, Institute for Global Cinema and Creative Cultures (IGCCC)
Publisher, St Andrews Film Studies
University of St Andrews, Scotland


On 21/03/2016 15:53, "info at cmefilms.co.uk" <info at cmefilms.co.uk> wrote:

>Hi All
>We have an international awards charity event that has been the subject
>of an investigation by one of its own committee members. The allegations
>in the report includes long standing committee members giving awards to
>friends, the awards system being abused, juries being interfered
>with,fraudulent committee elections, fraudulent vice chair elections,
>non-adherence to the rule book, operating illegally and outside
>charitably law and other alleged corrupt activity.
>We are looking for a number of processionals who are prepared to review
>the entire corruption report, the evidence, the correspondence between
>the committee member and the charity organisation and the internal
>investigation that followed.
>We would expect complete confidentiality throughout this process
>Please email tyrone at uffo.org <mailto:tyrone at uffo.org> with your
>CV/resume for more information
>Tyrone D Murphy
>Universal Film & Festival Organisation
>On 21/03/2016 14:27, Melanie Le Forestier wrote:
>> Dear Ruby,
>> Here's another link of the Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency
>> Committee: http://isupportbiff.com/?page_id=7376&uid=76&mod=document
>> In this website, you will also find an interesting timeline on what's
>> happening to BIFF since 2014. I found it very helpful!
>> Best regards,
>> Melanie
>> Mélanie Le Forestier
>> 2016-03-21 18:32 GMT+01:00 B Ruby Rich <rich at filmquarterly.org>:
>>> Any other links?
>>> These fail to connect and deliver the message "403 Forbidden" and
>>> on an otherwise blank page, when entered.
>>> Nice, eh?
>>> Thanks for posting the text.
>>> Very serious indeed.
>>> Ruby
>>> B Ruby Rich
>>> Editor
>>> Film Quarterly
>>> rich at filmquarterly.org
>>> On Mar 21, 2016, at 12:54 AM, Jean-Michel Frodon <jmfrodon at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> A strong move...
>>>> Jean-Michel Frodon
>>>> http://blog.slate.fr/projection-publique
>>>> Professeur associé à Sciences-Po Paris
>>>> Membre du comité pédagogique de SPEAP
>>>> http://blogs.sciences-po.fr/speap/
>>>> Professorial Fellow, University of St. Andrews. Scotland
>>>> Professor of Global Cinema and Creative Cultures, IGCCC
>>>> http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/globalcinema
>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>> From: KFPA <kfpa at kfpa.net>
>>>> Date: 2016-03-21 8:51 GMT+01:00
>>>> Subject: A Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for
>>> BIFF
>>>> To: Jean Frodon <jmfrodon at gmail.com>
>>>> A Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for Defending
>>>> BIFF's Independence
>>>> March 21, 2016
>>>> *The Entire Korean Film Community will boycott BIFF unless the Busan
>>>> guarantees the festival’s independence!*
>>>> Does the city government really want to go for the worst? The city
>>>> government accelerated interfering Busan International Film Festival
>>> (BIFF)
>>>> by submitting a legal application for injunction to suspend the
>>> efficiency
>>>> of 68 new committee advisors consisted of Korean film professionals
>>>> refusing to have the special assembly meeting for amending the
>>> of
>>>> association. In addition, the recent city gazette published by Busan
>>>> government is filled with criticism of the festival and insulting the
>>> film
>>>> professionals who support BIFF as if they are the intruders with
>>>> intension. The city government provoked the regional antagonism by
>>>> spreading rumors that the film professionals from Seoul are trying to
>>>> control the Busan’s festival. This is beyond defamation of the Korean
>>> film
>>>> professionals. It is the worst way of ruining the festival which is a
>>>> valuable cultural asset for all of us.
>>>> We have watched ever since Mr. SUH Byung-soo, was elected as the mayor
>>> and
>>>> became the organizing director of the festival as ex officio in 2014.
>>>> he has never stopped political retaliation against BIFF since the
>>> screening
>>>> of The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (aka. Diving Bell). We have
>>>> patiently tried our best for peaceful solution between the festival
>>> the
>>>> city government. But SUH deceives people as if those film
>>> are
>>>> outsiders with wicked intention attempting to alienate between Busan
>>>> citizens and the film professionals.
>>>> BIFF is not a property of Busan city government. It is true that the
>>>> government’s financial support to the festival is a part of the reason
>>> for
>>>> the success of the festival, but the festival is entitled to make
>>> decisions
>>>> on how to run it autonomically without any outside interference. BIFF
>>> does
>>>> not only belong to the Busan citizens but also to every cineaste in
>>> Korea.
>>>> It is a cultural asset to be shared with everyone who loves cinema
>>> all
>>>> over the world. That is why the festival’s independence and autonomy
>>>> to be protected. That is why amending the articles of association is
>>>> important to guarantee its independence and autonomy.
>>>> We were enormously shocked and grieved by a series of discouraging
>>>> including practical ‘censorship’ from outside and unfair dismissal of
>>>> festival director, but we still believed that we should be able to
>>> provide
>>>> institutional gird to prevent the recurrence of this unfortunate
>>> condition
>>>> with all our efforts. That’s why many of us willingly agreed to be
>>>> committee advisors in hoping to acquire basis for the festival’s
>>>> and independence via revision of the article at the special assembly
>>>> meeting. As we witnessed SUH promised that he would step down from the
>>>> organizing director voluntarily, we were truly stuck to our belief in
>>>> peaceful end to the situation,
>>>> However, Busan city government abruptly started arguing legitimacy of
>>>> special assembly meeting. The city government defamed us as intruders
>>> with
>>>> ulterior intension though every media they can muster up and
>>>> submitted application for an injunction to suspend the efficiency of
>>> new
>>>> committee advisors. We cannot help resenting and lamenting to see the
>>>> city’s attempt to distort the situation to some sort of power game
>>>> film professionals. We patiently maintained our support for BIFF to
>>>> the festival back on track, but we are afraid that our patience was
>>>> nothing after all.
>>>> It’s unimaginable to see BIFF without film people. However, if Busan
>>>> government still believes that they ‘own’ the festival just because
>>>> are the biggest sponsor and if Busan city keeps insulting our efforts
>>>> finding solution as ulterior interference from outside, we cannot find
>>> any
>>>> reason to be attending BIFF. We, Korean group of film associations,
>>>> try to pass a resolution for boycotting BIFF2016 after collecting
>>> consensus
>>>> of all associations. The world will witness the empty red carpet for
>>>> first time in 20 years of BIFF’ history and the audience from all over
>>> the
>>>> world will stop coming to Busan for the festival any more. It takes
>>> quite a
>>>> long time to build a festival, but it does just a blink of an eye to
>>>> collapsed. Do SUH and Busan city government want to see BIFF disappear
>>> just
>>>> like that? By all means, we truly hope our desperate outcry and
>>>> will be taken seriously.
>>>> We strongly demand the followings;
>>>> - The mayor, SUH should resign from the BIFF’s organizing director
>>>> immediately and agree to revision of the articles for the festival’s
>>>> autonomy and independence!
>>>> - The city government must stop unjust interference on BIFF and
>>>> the legal application for injunction against suspension of efficiency
>>> 68
>>>> new committee advisors!
>>>> - SUH should make public apology for his continuous wrongful actions
>>>> damaging the festival and promise that it will never happen again!
>>>> If the city government does not take significant actions on our
>>>> above, there will be none of the Korean film community attending this
>>>> year’s Busan International Film Festival.
>>>> Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for Defending BIFF's
>>>> What's happening to BIFF? You can find the answers at *
>>> www.isupportbiff.com
>>>> <
>>>> *
>>>> * 해당 첨부파일은 2016년 04월 04일 까지 다운로드 가능합니다.
>>>>    ( Following attached files can be downloaded until *04.Apr.2016* )
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